updated 3/13/2006 9:18:45 PM ET 2006-03-14T02:18:45

Police and soldiers reached the scene of a train seized by communist rebels overnight in eastern India, and all the passengers were safe, an official said Tuesday.

K.K. Sone, the top official in the district where seizure occurred, in an isolated part of Jharkhand state, said the militants had fled by the time authorities arrived.

Communist rebels attacked two trains on Monday, and authorities had not been immediately able to contact one of the trains, which was carrying more than 200 people.

There were concerns that the rebels were holding the passengers on the train.

The official in the eastern state of Jharkhand said the driver of a cargo train passing through a remote part of the state reported that his train and a passenger train were being attacked by Maoist rebels.

Divisional Railway Manager A.K. Shukla said the cargo train escaped, but efforts to contact the passenger train failed.

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